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What is Technology? (Day 2 of 3)

What is Technology? will examine interactions and transactions among practical arts and tools, techniques and processes, moral knowledge and imagination, to navigate our everchanging world. In a broad sense, technology can be understood as methods of intelligent inquiry and problem-solving into all domains of life. This year enacts a collaborative network of research by cultivating information and communication as the heart of science, technology, engineering, art, medicine, and environments.


Carolyn R. Miller, Rhetoric and Technical Communication/English, North Carolina State University “What is Technology to Rhetoric, and Vice-Versa?”

Colin Koopman, Philosophy/Ethics/New Media & Culture/Cyber Security & Privacy, University of Oregon “How We Became Our Data: A Media Genealogy of Ourselves”

Lana Rakow, Communication/Center for Community Engagement, University of North Dakota “The Community and Its Problems: Geopolitics, Democracy, and Technology”

Scott Stroud, Communication Studies/Center for Media Engagement, University of Texas at Austin “Imagining Complexity: Pragmatism on the Ethics and Aesthetics of Media Technologies”

Lenard Troncale, Biological Sciences/Institute for Advanced Systems Studies, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona “Science-Based Values for the Technology Era”

Mark Bedau, Philosophy and Humanities, Reed College/Systems Science, Portland State University “The Evolution of Technology”


Charlene Haddock Seigfried, Eric Schatzberg, Larry A. Hickman, Carolyn R. Miller, Colin Koopman, Lana Rakow, and Scott Stroud.


including: Patterns, Social Media/Political Engagement, Trust, Identity, Memory, Curation, VR/AR and more.


Coffee Service and Lunch

Please see below for more details about Day 1 and Day 3.

This year marks the ten-year anniversary What is…?, bringing together natural and social scientists, scholars, government officials, industry professionals, artists and designers, as well as alumni, students, community organizations, and the public.

This event is part of the What is Technology? series

  1. What is Technology? (Day 1 of 3)

  2. What is Technology? (Day 2 of 3) (Currently Viewing)

  3. What is Technology? (Day 3 of 3 + OMSI)

This Festival Event has ended.


Friday, April 12, 2019 from 8:30am to 6:30pm


UO Portland/White Stag Block


University of Oregon Portland

What is Technology? is a conference, experience, and exhibition at the University of Oregon Portland.